Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed - Last Call!
As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The National Aviary, the nation's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. While cash donations made at the convention are great, the majority of funds are raised via donations of artwork and merchandise to our Charity Auction and Charity Raffle. We're looking for popular items and unique craftwork that will make people say, "I want that!"
While we must distribute items between the Raffle and Auction based on available space, time, and perceived and past value, here are some examples of donations that went big in past years...
Great examples for the raffle:
- Crafts based on hot trends (Harry Potter handmade house scarves - $57)
- Large amounts of candy (5lb Hershey bar, 9.25lb Nestle Crunch bar - $70)
- Art bought at prior convention art shows ("Wrath" art by Terrie Smith - $83)
- Giant, brand new plush of popular characters (Large "Bolt" plush - $107)
- Merchandise based on popular fiction (Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver - $158)
Great examples for the auction: Fursuit costumes and commissions:
- (Husky fursuit head - $160)
- Rare convention memorabilia (Full set of all AC t-shirts since 1997 - $200)
- Professional sculpture (Dragon statue - $225)
- Unique opportunities (A speaking part in audio version of Diane Duane's "The Last Meow" - $500)
- Dorsai fursuit tags (Tag #1000 - $1600)
If you have an item you believe would be appropriate and would like to donate, please contact charity(at)anthrocon.org!
I just sent you information by email on what I'll be donating this year with photos.
Got the email, thanks! Will reply tonight after worky-work.
Already sent these to Rigel and now I like to post in this thread what I have for this years Charity Auction/Raffle Donations...
Disney Store Exclusive The Lion King 22" AdultSimba Puppet Plush New w/Tags.
Disney Store The Lion King 21" Serabi with Simba Cub Finger Puppet Plush New w/Tags.
Breyer Traditional Model Horse Lusitano Stallion #1498 - New sealed in original box.
WDW Animal Kingdom License Plate new still in protective shrink-wrap - This license plate was sold at WDW before Animal Kingdom opened on April 22nd, 1998, has the original AK logo and is now retired -not sold/made.
Giant 48" high Brown Bear Plush wearing an Anthrocon "Rocking Pittsburgh" T-Shirt Size XXL.
Original Production Cell with a reproduction background of a young Fox Cub named Tod from the Disney Animated Feature Film The Fox and the Hound (1981). Image above is the cel with background and below are photos of the cel alone, from front and back.
And the last item (at the moment) is this one...
This is a Movie Theatre lobby display for the Disney Animated feature film Brother Bear (2003) which features the main charaters Koda and Kenai along in the background Rutt and Tuke. The medium is acrylic, layered to give it a 3-D look and is 22.5" high x 17" wide x 1" thick. Since this was displayed in the movie theatre lobby, it has some wear with some of the edges of the images on the acrylic peeling up. Unique item and if you are a Brother Bear fan, a must have for your collection.
The Large Bear Plush is from Big Paw and the rest are from me.
I wonder if anyone will bid on the bear just to get the shirt!
OMG! OMG!! OMG!!!
Salem. Do you know how friggin' rare the Sarabi with tiny infant finger-puppet Simba is?!
I am a tag-sale junkie, and so far I have three of them.
1: Sarabi in good condition, but without Simba.
2: Sarabi in good condition, but Simba had gotten a LOT of love. (If you know what I mean.)
3: Sarabi and Simba. Both in good to excellent condition.
But in new/mint condition? With Tags?!
On Sunday morning I will be counting my cash reserves. And I WILL be at the charity auction, prepared to bid as high as I can for the birdies!
P.S. You wouldn't happen to have a pair of Kovu & Kiara kissing sweetheart cubs with magnets in their noses that you would like to part with? I have a bunch of the Simba & Nala ones, but I only have one of the Kovu & Kiara, and I would like a spare pair.
P.P.S. Interesting disneyana trivia: When Disney produced "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" and started selling the Kovo & Kiara kissing sweetheart cubs, they changed the polarity of the magnets in the cub's noses. That means that if you get Simba, Nala, Kovu, and Kiara together, then the boys will kiss, and the girls will kiss, but the wrong boy will repell the wrong girl! (So far I have not been able to find out if that was accidental or on purpose.)
Now I know where to set the starting bid at the voice auction.
Hey Soggy Otter, stop jumpin' up and down in the tub...you getting the bathroom floor wet!
Eeyup, I know how hard it is to find a Serabi compete with that Simba Cub Finger Puppet. Either the cub is missing or someone substitutes a Simba Plush that is not the original.
And finding one with the original hang-tags....well, you know what it's like to find one like that. I have two of these Sarabi/Simba Plush, but only one of 'em has the tags. The pair with tags is what I'm donating to the Charity Auction.
To let you know, there is one hang tag missing with this plush. Under the Lion King Logo tag should be a red tag with black lettering saying "Finger Puppet" with details about the Simba Cub Plush below that....all other hang-tags are there.
Sorry, don't have the Kovu & Kiara Kissing Plush. My Lion King Collection is mostly Plush made by the Douglas Cuddle Toys, in Keene NH.
Here is a photo of some of what I have...
Sorry, none of these will be in Charity Auction....this year anyway.
There is one more item that I talked with Rigel about on getting this autographed for the Charity Auction and it will be this...
Disney Store Ed the Hyena 8" Bean Bag Plush from the Lion King. I would like to have our honored guest Jim Cummings sign the hang tag and include this in the charity auction.
P.S. I may have one more item, but it has not arrived yet and want to be sure it arrives undamaged and be the "I want that!" item that will get a great auction price for this years charity the National Aviary in Pittsburgh PA
I'm afraid that I am a Furry with little imagination, and even less talent; and I don't own anything which anyone is likely to covet enough to make them say "I WANT THAT!"
...But there are a few things which I can think of, which I would say that about - and bid for.
Here are two things which I would like to see in our Charity Auction...
One of the treats of coming to Pittsburgh to attend AnthroCon is the opportunity to nom down on one (at least!) of FURnando's Famous Lasagna Wraps. But I can only savour that wonderful tempting tasty treat for 4 days a year! Then I have to go home, and go cold turkey on my Lasagna Wrap Habit, until the next year.
Wouldn't it be great if we could re-create the taste of a genuine FURnando's Lasagna Wrap, in the confines of our own kitchens?
My Idea: Ask our dear friend Fernando, if he would consider passing on the Secret of the Lasagna Wrap - in the form of a Recipe Card, listing the ingredients, and the method of preparation - which could be auctioned off or raffled?
But wait...that would only satisfy one furry fan with the Lasagna Wrap Jones. How about making a limited number of Recipe Cards - say, 100 - each individually numbered...optionally, perhaps even signed by Mr. Fernando himself - and sealing them in (optionally custom-graphic marked) envelopes, and having them
offered for sale available at the Charity Table for a minimum donation of $5? That would be a reasonable price for a useful memento of both AnthroCon and the old FURnando's; the specific quantity and minimum donation can be re-evaluated, but it seems it would be a minimal-expense/substantial-yield item for the Charity to have at their table; if Fernando were willing to share his recipe - and perhaps sign the copies - then the expense would be in copying the cards (or sheets, or whatever form the recipe takes) and the envelopes in which to seal them.
I know that I would buy one!
This year I registered for AnthroCon while attending another convention; there were two representatives of AC there, sitting at a table in the "Artists' Alley", and one of them - a cheeful and enthusiastic young man in a lab coat - was offering to draw a picture for anyone who would purchase a membership (that's the deal with "Artists' Alley"; the people holding those tables are supposed to be creating artwork on-site).
I think he was expecting me to request a critter of some sort (it was a Furry Con, after all), but as no restriction was stated - and as I am a Furry of little imagination - I asked for a drawing of the International Space Station (ISS).
...Which he gamely proceeded to draw. As his table minion accepted my cheque and processed my registration form, Uncle Kage paused for only a moment, weighed all of the technical aspects, the stresses and specifications needed for such a thing as an orbital space station, and took the additional 17 seconds of careful design evaluation before drafting a blueprint stating "This is what the International Space Station would look like if Uncle Kage Designed It!"
...And I'm completely confident that it would work, too - after all, it was designed by an AMERICAN SCIENTIST with a PhD, wearing a LAB COAT; and American Scientists in Lab Coats have been
copying german rocket scientists designing spacecraft for decades now.
Now - would anyone want to bid on this masterpiece of astronautical design perfection?...eh - perhaps. As fond as I am of it, I would have to say that Uncle Kage's better talents are in Story-telling, rather than graphic arts.
On the other hand - as opposed to Uncle Kage, there is Dr. Conway.
When I was a lad in High School, I took a course in Chemistry (it was either that or biology, and I had no interest in dissecting invetebrates or amphibians pickled in formaldehyde). I'm afraid that I only learned the most elementary principles of the science, despite Mr. Tippery's best efforts (Mr. Tippery looked like Andrew Carnegie in a lab coat, and he had lab apparatus operating in the supply room which gave the room the same musty smell as a winery, for some reason).
...But I was entranced by the schematic diagrams he would draw of the molecules, showing all the various bonds which held the atoms together, to illustrate how this compound would form a long-string polymer or that one would form a crystal lattice and why the other would be hard but brittle or subject to fracturing along a plane, or why this one would react with organic material (like skin) and take it apart. Some where quite intricate - and on a warm afternoon in our stuffy classroom after a heavy lunch, I could almost imagine some of the diagrams as a menagerie of animals.
I would bid on a hand-rendered diagram of an interesting or exotic or wonderous chemical compound/molecule - perhaps with the chemical name of the compound, and what properties make it special or exotic or wonderous - if drawn by Dr. Conway.
...And if he could find a real compound which, when drawn and colored with pencil, suggests a tiger or a dragon or a hawk or other beast - well, that would of course be a bonus,... but really, an actual chemical drawing/schematic/whatever they are called, made by a real research chemist (OUR chemist), would be unique enough for me to say "I WANT THAT!"
IF such items were available for bidding on - or, in the case of Lasagna Wrap recipes, available for a minimum donation - would anyone else want them enough to bid (or make a donation) for them? Enough to make the time and effort which someone else would have to put into creating them (which I acknowledge is both a major imposition and highly presumptuous on my part), worth the doing?
Perhaps we could impose upon him to do a poster listing the evils of Oxygen dihydride..
In its gaseous form it can obscure vision.
In its liquid form, it's a biotoxin. It can choke you and an overdose can disrupt your biochemistry to the point of death.
In its solid form, it can fall from the sky and cause severe damage to houses and automobiles, not to mention people.
Not to mention it's deleterius effect on metals.
In its gaseous form it can obscure vision.
I would argue if it's obscuring vision, it's actually in its liquid form (albeit as suspended droplets).
But when heated, the gaseous form can cause severe burns.
Perhaps we could impose upon him to do a poster listing the evils of Oxygen dihydride..
Perhaps - but to be honest, I don't think that I would bid on such a poster (er...not that this is about me!).
Another we'll be adding and this one is from Big Paw
Walt Disney's The Lion King Limited Edition Framed Etching starring Scar and Simba
This was a limited edition made in 1994 and I think sold at the time for around $150.00 US.
....and the last item that I mentioned about in Reply #9, I'll have photos posted here once it arrives and is in my paws. Hint...
- It's a Furry Related item
- Goes with this years selected charity
- You can wear it on your head
Here is the final item I'll be adding to this years Charity Auction/Raffle. Didn't want to say much until I had it in my hands....it arrived from Canada just this morning!
I knew when seeing this Fursuit Head it would just be perfect for the auction, being that the chosen charity for this year is the National Aviary in Pittsburgh PA....I just had to get it!
Blue and White Griffin Fursuit Head made by Sheevee's Fursuit, Canada
- Semi-Realistic Head with Bacacava Base ~ 22" to 24".
- Blue and White long Faux Fur Head and Ears.
- Black short Faux Fur around eyes and Blue Fleece Beak.
- Light pink Fleece Tongue.
- Moving Beak (Jaws).
- Acrylic Eyes with Green Iris.
- Vision through Tear Ducts inside of each Eye.
- Good breathing through Beak (Mouth).
- Good ventilation through mouth and Tear Ducts.
- Nice lightweight Fursuit Head and very comfortable to wear.
- Light flexible long ears that will move when "bouncing around".
I just tried this on and it was a tight fit for me with my hat size being 7 5/8", so if you wear a smaller size you should have no problem fitting this one to your own head; I suggest wearing a semi-tight fitting Speedo or similar nylon/lycra spandex swimcap underneath to help in getting it on/off easily. Once I had it fitted, the Fursuit Head felt light and very confortable, good vision and the moving Beak worked just fine when moving my jaw and talking....or was that swalking?
Here is more information you can find from the creator of this Blue and White Griffin Fursuit Head...
Sheevee's Fursuit website
Blue and White Griffin head images from sheevee on FurAffinity[dot]net
I really hope this one will bring a nice price to help with this years Charity, the National Aviary.
She's wher i got my suit from
Those are some wonderful things for the charity auction Salem, have a sizeable TLK plush collectino myself(among a few other special disney feline plushs(Bagera and shere Kahn only sold in WDW) Most of my unique items are not mint enough to offer though.
Since we are tormenting people. I will add what Crossbow and I are donating. Toothless from Build a Bear. http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/contents/content.jsp?catId=1000015&id=10200006 Currently out of stock.
Sorry I'm at work and cannot add the picture.
You should add the charity auction I lost to last year, that broke the charity auction record previously held by the Dorsai fursuit tag (which I lost to as well):
Oversized fursuit badge #1,000,000 ($3500)
I'm trying to keep it to examples of things people might be able to procure, and to manage expectations with middle-ground sales rather than records. There's already two examples of fursuit specialty items in the list.
I was gonna bid on that oversized fursuit badge.
My plan was regardless of the current high bid (say it was like $1,250) when it looked like the bidding basically stopped, I was going to bid $2,500 for the win.....
....but then the bidding never did stop until it went past $2,500...and it kept on going! Went into the corner near the exit doors to keep my mouth shut so not to bid more than what I had.
You have outdone yourself again this year !!
The item I'm donating finally arrived. Yay! Here he is: a limited edition Rocket Raccoon plush from the 2013 NY Comic Con. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the lithograph to go with him, but the plush is cute on its own. ^.^ The one in this pic is one from the 'Net, but the one I got still has his ear tag. I hope he can earn lots of money for the birdies!
Awwww... Rocket is adorabe!
Not at all into mainstream (Marvel and DC) comics, and am not too much into superhero movies either. But a friend at work who is into such things and knows that I'm a furry, told me about Guardians of the Galaxy last month.
When he told me about Rocket, I sighed and thought to myself "Oh yeah, another charactor with a human body, but with a tail glued to it's butt, and a raccoon head on it's shoulders." But in the trailer, Rocket looks great! I especially like how they kept him small. (Hell, the raccoon that's been raiding my trash for the last few weeks, is almost as big as Rocket is!)
I like The Black Nerd's take on the movie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IoFrMQMs9k
As a furry, It will be interesting to see how well Guardians does at the box office.
Here is a vid of the mug that will be in the AC gift basket.
List of basket contents has been being updated almost daily on my FA:
I do have a mint condition $5 coupon from AC '09 for the late Steel City Diner. I wish to have it signed by both Mr. Cunnings, and Mr. Tocker, then have it placed immediately into the auction. Not sure how much it would be worth, but I'm sure someone would like to have it. =3